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Effects of Overweight on Risky Sexual Behavior of Adolescent Girls

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  • Susan Averett
  • Hope Corman
  • Nancy Reichman

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We use data from The National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health to estimate effects of adolescent girls' overweight on their propensity to engage in risky sexual behavior. We estimate single equation, two-stage, and sibling fixed-effects models and find that overweight or obese teenage girls are more likely than their recommended-weight peers to engage in certain types of risky sexual behavior but not others. The results from this study underscore the importance of using multifaceted and contemporary measures of risky sexual behavior and have implications for the health and well-being of adolescent girls.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 16172.

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Date of creation: Jul 2010
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Publication status: published as “ Effects of Overweight on Risky Sexual Behavior of Adolescent Girls,” (with Susa n Averett and Nancy Reichman), Economic Inquiry Vol. 51 No. 1 (January 2013) pp. 605 - 619.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:16172

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  1. Ethan Cohen-Cole & Jason M. Fletcher, 2008. "Is obesity contagious?: social networks vs. environmental factors in the obesity epidemic," Risk and Policy Analysis Unit Working Paper QAU08-2, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
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